Humphrey Hawksley
The Struggle over the South China Sea

Humphrey Hawksley

Foreign Correspondent & Author, BBC

Moderated by Clayton Dube

Director, USC US-China Institute

October 11, 2018 8:00 AM    Breakfast

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The South China Sea is one of the most crucial world trading routes. It’s also one of the most hotly contested areas in the Asia Pacific. Humphrey Hawksley, a BBC foreign correspondent who has lived and worked in Asia for decades, will discuss the struggle for supremacy in the South China Sea from the perspective of key players including India, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, the US and, of course, China. He will also break down what it would mean for the future of global politics if China is successful in seizing and militarizing the waters and how it might affect US-Chinese relations.

Read a review of Hawksley’s new book Asian Waters: The Struggle over the South China Sea & the Strategy of Chinese Expansion here.

Humphrey Hawksley’s face and voice are known to millions through his books and broadcasts. His work as a BBC foreign correspondent and author has taken him all over the world. His newest book, Asian Waters: The Struggle over the South China Sea & the Strategy of Chinese Expansion, breaks down the politics and tensions among Asia-Pacific countries. His first foreign assignment for the BBC was in Sri Lanka from which he was expelled. He went on to be based in Delhi, Manila, Hong Kong and Beijing before moving back to London. Among his many assignments, he has reported extensively on Islamic terror and intelligence issues from the United States and the Middle East and exposed human rights abuse in global supply chains from brick kilns in India to cocoa farms in west Africa. He divides his time between reporting, film making and writing books.

This event will be moderated by Clay Dube, Director of the USC US-China Institute. USCI enhances understanding of complex and evolving U.S.-China ties through cutting-edge social science research, innovative graduate and undergraduate training, extensive and influential public events, and professional development efforts.

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